Srinagar: – After the implementation of the new domicile law, following the amendment to the residence laws in Jammu and Kashmir, till date, 25,000 citizens have been issued domicile certificates. Last year, in August, the special status awarded to Jammu and Kashmir was withdrawn, with the abrogation of Article 370. Thereafter, the union government’s decision on the new domicile act was being looked at as the second biggest historic decision. This act cleared the path for the people born outside of Jammu and Kashmir, but have been residing there for 7 to 15 years, to get a Jammu and Kashmir domicile certificate. The people who are eligible for this domicile certificate will also have rights to buy property in the state.
The union government withdrew the special status awarded to Jammu and Kashmir with the abrogation of Article 370. The union government took another major decision to amend the residence laws. On 31st of March, a gazette notification was issued, regarding the domicile certificate for the union territories. Thereafter, applications were invited for domicile certificates. 33,175 residents applied for the domicile certificate under the new law. Out of these, 32,000 applications came from 10 districts in the Jammu division. Only 720 applications were received from Kashmir. 65 applications came from Srinagar. But not a single domicile certificate has been issued in Srinagar, till date.
Along with the people who have resided in Jammu and Kashmir for more than 15 years, students who have attended educational institutions for more than 7 years and the students who have cleared their 10th and 12 standard examinations from the state will be eligible for the domicile certificate. All these categories will be issued a document stating that they are the original residents of the state.
People who have worked for more than 15 years in the all India services, public enterprises, government banks and autonomous institutions in the state, can get a domicile certificate. Their children too will qualify for this right. Despite completing education from Jammu and Kashmir, people were facing difficulties in gaining employment in the state. But henceforth, children of the officials posted there, and other students will not face any problems in finding jobs in the state. Senior IAS official Naveen Chowdhary has been issued a domicile certificate, and he becomes the first citizen to be issued a Jammu and Kashmir Domicile certificate.